KCW: Sailboat Top


Alright, KCW, it's official - you done kicked my butt once again.

All you asked is for me to sew for one hour a day and I couldn't even do that.  I lay down with C to nurse her every night and on most weekday nights it is nearly impossible for me to get out of bed after my head hits that pillow.  Needless to say there may have been one or two nights that I didn't get around to sewing.  Eh, what are you going to do?

I did manage to bang out one more top before the end of KCW.  It's yet another Oliver and  S pattern that I've been meaning to get around to making for ages - the Sailboat Top.  I cut out a size 12-18 months hoping that it would fit perfectly like the Class Picnic Blouse did, but this one seems to be a bit big on C.  But that just means that it'll fit her for longer, right?

The pattern itself is fabulous (like all Oliver and S patterns) but I had a hell of a time making buttonholes this time around (damn you, sewing machine!).  I ended up having to rip two of them out and that is a total pain in the butt (it ranks up there with ripping out a serged seam).  At one point I gave up and tried to install snaps but that ended up being a bit of disaster too so I ripped those out as well (also, not fun).  In the end I went back to buttonholes and finally got four perfect little button holes.  Cue the singing of angels.

The fabric is a cotton sateen fabric from the Lisette collection that I purchased at Joann Fabrics many, many moons ago.  It has a nice hand to it and I just love the color.  The buttons are from the stash (although the button stash is quickly decreasing.   What will I do when I have to go out and buy buttons like the regular folk do?).

Alright, that's it for me and KCW.  Now on to Me Made May!


  1. she's so cute in her new top! I hate when the buttonholer rebels against you...

  2. She'll totally grow into it!

  3. I think you've done brilliantly - when I saw this post I thought 'wow Carolyn has been sewing a lot lately!' (I'd forgotten about KCW as I simply copped right out and didn't commit.)
    That's a lovely colour on little C.

  4. Cuteness! I always go back to this pattern too, it's a never fail, although that buttonhole business sounds like a pain in the butt.

  5. So cute! So glad to hear that I'm not the only one who sacks out with my nursing baby ... er, six out of seven nights a week, probably. It seems that the only thing that works to put my kids asleep is me falling asleep, and once that's happened, the chances of me getting back up are pretty slim. But the good news is that, despite several nursings at night, I'm usually pretty refreshed in the morning, because that's what happens when you go to bed at 8:30! It is but a short season in our lives. :-)


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